Mobile’s Not Optional Anymore

Pinch me.That’s the message I got from about half of the live entertainment/arts websites I just visited. Siri and I just did a whirlwind tour of  20 or 30 major venues and organizations (all genres: music, sports, theater, performing arts, whatever else popped into my head) to see how they handled mobile. All of them are well-known, successful and well-funded.No, I’m not going to tell you who they are.Yes, I’m going to tell you what I saw.About half the...

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Monday Pick-Me-Up: If/Then Cast Sings “Seasons of Love”

Having a case of the Mondays? This video of If/Then cast members singing "Seasons of Love" from Rent with charity auction winners will put a smile on your face.

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The Easiest Mistake in the World to Make About Pricing …

… is thinking there is such a thing as a “discount buyer.”And I can prove it to you.Next time you’re gathering six or eight of your co-workers for a meeting and have a few minutes before it gets started, do this little experiment.Ask the group if any of them have a band or musical act that they really, really like but that most people in the room aren’t likely to know. Most people will have one.Pick one of these...

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In Case You Missed It

A few interesting stories we came across this week ...Our CEO Jim McCarthy explains why a packed venue isn't always a sign of success, just like a half-full one isn't a sign of failure.Inc. reporter Ilan Mochari offers a few clues to help figure out when a good idea's gone bad, including finding a "devil's advocate" you can trust.A little good news: The San Diego Opera may be saved after all. Pam Kragen at UT San Diego reports the...

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Never Use Apple as an Example

Do you read business books? I go through phases, but every time I read a few, I’m eventually reminded of why I stopped: most of them are useless. And dull.What happens to me is that I stumble across a good one, and I tell myself there must be “more like this out there.” My quest begins, and if I’m lucky with one or two more, I keep going. Eventually, my luck runs out. The law of averages kicks in,...

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